Essential Reading

'I have been a family historian for more than 40 years, and a professional historian for over 30, but as I read it, I was constantly encountering new ways of looking at my family history....Essential reading I would say!' Alan Crosby, WDYTYA Magazine

Monday, 18 December 2017

Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 18th: Christmas Decorations by Gaslight!

‘Christmas Decoration should be prepared with a view to being effective by gaslight. Hence, elaborate colouring is less needful than broad and bold effects. Half-tints, as  a rule, are quite washy by gaslight, though some neutrals, such as lilac, dove-colour, and fawn, are valuable, as they afford by gaslight various chaste shades of grey, and are more pleasing than white. These colours will generally be preferable to red, or any of the primary colours, for ribbons to tie garlands, and in artificial flares to brighten the effects of the stronger colours. The two predominating colours in Christmas Decorations should be red and green. Any and every shade of the two colours can be used to advantage, but depth and richness are needed to be consistent with the season.’  
                                               Birmingham Daily Post 27th December 1866





Gas Light By Thomas's Pics, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31971469






Colin Smith- Wikimedia Commons



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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Trace Your Ancestors Through Their Writing


Did your ancestor leave a letter, a telegram, travel notebook or a poem?
Have you found a mysterious message on a postcard, an unusual signature or a cryptic entry in a diary?

Ask the right questions and find out more.

Or buy this illustrated book for the relative who traces your family history.





Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 17th: One Mince Pie a Day For Happiness

'The really legitimate time for eating mince pies dates from Christmas Day to Twelfth Day. There is a legend that if you take one per day during that mystic period you will ensure 12 months’ following felicity. I hope my readers do not fail to perceive in what an easy, pleasant manner orthodoxy and a happy life may be secured.' 

Mince Pies
(Wikimedia Commons)

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Ancestors' Advent Calendar: Dec 16th: Ornament Your Christmas Cake

'It is s great mistake to leave things to the last minute – they certainly then become a worry. If you have not already made your Christmas cake, do so – that is, if it is a fairly rich one.

Plain ones should be made nearer Christmas. Make the cake and ice it plainly, then, put it away in a tin, having first wrapped it in greaseproof paper. Then a week or so before Christmas ornament it with icing, candied fruit, or preserved violets, whichever you prefer.’

Dundee Evening Post 12th December 1900




                                      Full article on the history of Christmas pudding eating

                                                             Yesterday's Ancestors' Advent Idea
                                                              Tomorrow's Ancestor's Advent Idea


Christmas Cake
By James Petts from London, England (Christmas cake) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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